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Silent Reflux Causes Esophageal Cancer

Do you have gastroesophageal reflux? Perhaps you feel a burning in your throat or a need to clear your throat. There are people who actually throw up because the contents that shoot from the stomach into your esophagus has a strong taste and it burns. Silent reflux causes esophageal cancer and there is no way for you to know if you have it or not without testing.

Acid reflux is an uncomfortable feeling and occurs when eating certain foods such as spaghetti sauce or spicey foods such as Mexican. Count yourself fortune if this description fits you because you will not have to worry about the deadly form of silent reflux.

For patients over 50, a routine test is ordered called a colonoscopy. However if you are under 50 it only means no routine testing will be ordered. It does not mean you are not at risk for developing silent reflux. Children are not immune from this diagnosis although it is rare in their age group.

Once routine testing shows esophageal cancer the treatment is palliative. Palliative treatment means buying the patient time to remain on this earth. There is no cure which makes this more devastating.

Surgery is the first procedure offered. Part of the stomach is fashioned to create a new esophagus. The remainder of the stomach remains high in the chest cavity. Nourishment is feeding through a tube until you are able to swallow. Meals are measured in teaspoons a few times a day. This is the same for a gastric bypass which in essence you have had. Ironically you are dying of silent reflux yet now you can feel the symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

Chemotherapy is the next form of treatment but not to cure, only to keep the disease from a fast progression. Chemotherapy takes a toll on the patient. For some it is hair loss, for others nausea and vomiting lasting for hours. Eventually it wears a person down with loss of weight and loss of energy. At some point a decision is made by the patient, to continue or to stop which is not an easy decision.

Silent reflux causes esophageal cancer that is deadly with no cure. By the time you are diagnosed there is no treatment to cure you. Routine tests are used to search for this condition but they are offered only when you are over the age group of 50. Perhaps this will change as the public becomes informed of this danger. Colonoscopy is the test that diagnoses this condition and needs to become a routine test to save lives of people who do not have to die.

Sources

http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/types/esophageal
http://www.cancer.org/docroot/cri/content/cri_2_4_1x_what_is_esophagus_cancer_12.asp

Categories Prostate Cancer

Abarelix: Treatment for Prostate Cancer

Each year, millions of men suffer from symptoms of prostate enlargement. Of these, many men will seek out medical treatment and, unfortunately, be diagnosed with prostate cancer. In an effort to provide aggressive prostate cancer treatment, healthcare professionals, usually an oncologist, will develop specific treatment plans for men suffering from symptomatic, aggressive prostate cancer. As part of this aggressive treatment program, the use of an injection known as Abarelix, may be indicated. Understanding the use, dosing and side effects will equip men with a better understanding of the personal prostate treatment plan program.

Abarelix, manufactured by Praecis Pharmaceuticals, is used in the treatment of prostate cancer with success in slowing the progression of prostate cancer by reducing the level of testosterone. Dosing of Abarelix will depend on the stage in which the prostate cancer has progressed and the level of prostate cancer symptoms. As an injection, Abarelix is a convenient approach to fighting aggressive prostate cancer when given in 100 milligram doses once every two weeks over the first month and then monthly thereafter. Because severe side effects, attributed to an allergic reaction, are generally seen within the first few hours of administration of the first dose, prostate cancer patients, using Abarelix in treatment, should remain in the physician’s office for up to one hour following the first injection to monitor for potential complications.

As with any FDA approved medication, Abarelix, in the treatment of prostate cancer, does not come without side effects. Side effects most common in the use of Abarelix may include back pain, edema including swelling around the face, arms, legs and chest. In addition, some patients, treating for prostate cancer, will suffer from flu type symptoms including runny nose, fever, sweating and diarrhea associated with Abarelix. In rare cases, syncope, skin rash with itching, tightness of chest with abnormal breathing may ensue and should be brought to the attention of the healthcare professional.

For individuals suffering from co-morbid health conditions, Abarelix is not indicated in the treatment of prostate cancer. Such conditions include cardiovascular complications, obesity and osteoporosis for which Abarelix may further complicate the co-morbid condition. In addition, as women do not possess a prostate, Abarelix should not be administered in females for any reason, even in those seeking to reduce levels of natural testosterone.

As with any form of cancer treatment, discussing options and side effects with the oncologist is crucial to obtaining optimal treatment outcomes. In men, when suffering from prostate cancer, discuss the use of Abarelix with the oncologist.